|June 18, 2009
A road trip for the guys
For weeks I had been looking forward to spending the day with my
Dad. The plan was to turn on the golf game (Masters
Tournament) coverage on TV and spend all day watching golf.
When I arrive in Arbuckle and got ESPN on the TV I discovered the golf
match had been rained out. Dad and I quickly devised an
alternative for the day. We decided to head into the hills to
see if we could find where we used to go fishing – Stonyford,
CA. We turned Left at Maxwell and took the Maxwell Sites road
until it became the Sites Ladoga road, then on to Stonyford.
On the way we passed Century Ranch, a place with some history (it was
unchanged from 40 years ago). From there we continued West to
Fouts Springs and on towards the confluence of the South Fork of Stony
Creek and the North Fork. The destination was in the
Mendocino National Forest; we wondered how far from Mendocino we were
(quite a ways!). The dirt road to the North Fork was too much
for my car so we decided to declare the South Fork our
destination. On the way back we stopped at the Squaw Creek
Inn for a burger and coke (burger and beer for Dad).
3-6, 2009: Our vacation to Sea Ranch started off
that Greg and Hedda wouldn’t be joining us. Greg phoned to
tell us that he already paid for the house – so we should go ahead and
use it. We coordinated with Matt and Becky, then set off.
usual, Linda looked up interesting places to visit on our way and
discovered an interesting stop. She found an on-line tack
store that was located in Ukiah. Since we were going right
through Ukiah we gave Melissa Fishbach a call and arranged a
can see from my GPS photo above, the back road wound over hill and
dale, then turned to dirt before
opening onto a very pleasant country equestrian center. We
met Melissa, her two Friesians, older Lipizzan and her two young gypsy
her interesting house we were amazed at the quality of bridles
and horse tack. I bought a great book by Philippe Karl and
Linda bought some plastic spurs and bridle rosettes.
Linda and I chatted on and on about training techniques and
the philosophy of riding (and so we were a little late getting to Sea
Ranch). As we left we declared Melissa to be a “kindred
spirit” – one of our highest complements. Melissa gave us
directions to Highway 1 over back roads and we were on our way again.
driving through Comptche we carried on to Gualala where we checked in
with the rental agency. Matt and Becky had already picked up
the keys but because Matt’s cell phone didn’t work there we needed the
address to find the house. When we arrived we discovered a
beautiful house with an entire wall of windows facing the ocean.
getting to our assigned rooms and unpacking we gathered around the
dining table to reminisce about previous family gatherings at Sea
Ranch. The theme of reminiscence carried over
throughout the vacation (here there be ghosts). At sunset we
gathered around to toast the coast also to toast Greg for renting our
dawned foggy and overcast but we managed to get in a nice walk along
the cliffs and I was able to photograph wild flowers. Friday
arrived quite fast; we decided to drive to Mendocino and Fort
Bragg. The trip to Fort Bragg allowed Linda to take a stroll
on her favorite beach. Saturday morning we were entertained
by whales leaping out of the water. Then as quick as it
began, the vacation was over.
a slide show of all the pictures click here.
|June 2, 2009
the winner is:
was selected. for printing.
a picture of our living room wall where all the favorites hang.
We call it the wall of FAME.
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